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Discover how to integrate and enhance video and audio to create a more engaging PowerPoint presentation. In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock emphasizes the technical details necessary to make a multimedia presentation work: from working with appropriate file formats, to applying video styles, to reducing the file size of multimedia presentations for sharing.
The ability to delay the start of an audio clip has infinite uses. If the sound is set to play automatically, you can have it wait a specific length of time before it starts or if the sound is triggered by another action on the slide, setting a delay will keep the effects from being cramp together. On slide 3, I have an interview that will be turned into a radio ad. I would like it to play automatically when we will get to the slide but not until the text starts fading in. Click on your audio clip to select it and then go up to the Audio Tools Playback button.
Go to where it says Start On Click and change this to Automatically. That way our sound will start as soon as we show the slide without having to click. For more information about this option see the movie in this chapter "Playing a clip automatically." Click on the Animations tab then open up the Animation Pane using this button to the right. Make sure that your sound clip is above your text content, so the sound doesn't wait until after your bullet points. I'll click on the top edge of it and drag it to the top of the pane.
Notice that it now has a 0 saying that it will start automatically and then the bullet points will begin. Look on the far right of your Ribbon and there is an item it says Delay. The first two digits are the number of seconds and then the second 2 digits allow you to control the setting to the nearest hundredth. If you click the arrows up and down, the time jumps in increments of a quarter second. You can also click in the box and type. I'll change the delay to 5 seconds. That way the sound won't start the moment it lands on the slide but it will give us a few seconds to start the content before it plays.
The same setting can be found if I drop down the arrow next to my sound clip. I'll choose Timing. In the dialogue box that appears, I can see the same delay, 5 seconds. I'll click OK. Now let's watch our slideshow. After about 5 seconds my show will start and I'll go ahead and advance my bullets normally. (Male speaker: It's actually my anniversary tonight and I forgot about it until about 15 minutes ago when I was at work.) (They're about to close, but they stayed open to make one last arrangement for me.) Delaying your sound clip gives you control over when the audio begins to play and this is particularly useful when you want the sound to start automatically but not immediately or for sounds that are triggered by other actions on the slide.
We'll do that in the future movie in this course.
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